Colorful Patterns, FREE Patterns, Free Target Bag Patterns, Nerdy Patterns, Uncategorized

Those darn Target Bags are HOT, HOT, HOT!

So, right now… I’m living in Italy. But that hasn’t stopped me from watching all of the hype in the social media threads about those adorable little cross stitch cosmetic purses! In fact, thanks to the internet, many people from all sorts of countries are green with envy over the posts of Americans showing off their awesome stitchworks and the overflowing bins in the target dollar section! There have been so many amazing people (we call them “floss fairies”) willing to purchase some for people who aren’t as fortunate as to have a Target store near them, or those who find themselves having missed out on the ransacked and left-for-bare bins!

It’s very obvious to see that these bags are super HOT right now! They come with a needle, some threads, and a couple free patterns from which to choose. But many folks are taking to the drawing boards to design their own unique patterns.

There are still many people who’d love to stitch up one, or two, or five…. and are lost for inspiration. People begging to see patterns and examples, combing the net for ideas.

Well… I’ve decided to jump in on this fun, myself! My hubby comes back from a very long (2 months) business trip and will be bringing me back a humble few. But for now… My mind is spinning with ideas, and I have no other intention but to share, share, share with you all! Over the course of this week, I will be posting several freebie patterns per day to share with you all and hopefully inspire your pouches!

Some for the nature lovers, some for the geeky nerds, some for the subversive-minded, and some that are just MY thing!

So check back often, and join us on our Facebook group… Be sure to share your work and tag us! (@LittleIsolaStitchworks on Instagram)

And as always… Enjoy your lickin’and stickin’, stitchy friends!

Here are your freebie patterns for today: (to download, simply right click on the image and download it to your computer, or click and hold to download to your mobile ddvice… Just saying…because lots of our not-so-computer-friendly people ask me.)

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Animals, Motif Patterns, Purchase Patterns, Sampler Patterns, Sheep Patterns, The Flock Mystery SAL

The Flock Mystery Sampler SAL – Part 4

It’s here! Mystery tile number 3 is now available for instant PDF download in the esty shop.

Purchase PDF Pattern HERE.

Boscornu Patterns, Colorful Patterns, Easter Patterns

“April Showers” Biscornu Pattern

A brand NEW biscornu pattern has just hit the Etsy shop today to welcome in those Spring flowers! Colorful and season-appropriate, this biscornu will be a complete delight to stich!

Purchase the instant downloadable PDF Pattern HERE.

Boscornu Patterns, Colorful Patterns, Geometric Patterns, Nerdy Patterns, Purchase Patterns, Uncategorized

Feeling a little bit Nerdy today?

…well this one’s for you, my fellow stitchers of all things nerdy!

I must tell you the story behind this ultra geeky biscornu pattern. Surprise! I’m not just a designer, but I’m a stitcher too (insert cheeky grin here). I belong to many of the online Cross Stitch communities including one for international stitchy Pen Pals. I highly recommend that if you’re into sending and receiving cards, letters, and smaller stitched works from fellow stitchers all around the world… go give this Facebook page a gander and find yourself a stitchy pen pal! It’s so lovely bonding with people in a bit of an old-fashioned way, and let’s face it… not all of our friends and family “get” our desire to take part in a craft that for so long has taken on the stigma of being an “old lady” craft.

So I have taken on two stitchy pen buddies, both of whom are such lovely women. I have really enjoyed our exchanges and bonding.

One thing the group outlines, but isn’t necessary to stick to, (it’s more of a “challenge yourself” kind of situation) is the monthly theme. Sometimes I find a cute pattern online by another designer which I will purchase to complete my themed stitch for my buddy, other times I come up with nothing and treat it like a personal design challenge, taking to my own canvas to create something special for my pen pal.

And so this month, the theme was “camera”.

Well my nerdy geek mode went into overdrive, and I came up with the “Say Cheese” biscornu pattern. I needed something small, and easy to ship, lightweight, and not requiring some type of framing, and thus a new biscornu was born!

I chose to use a palette loosely adhering to the Primary colors, and yes… you can say I was feeling the Mondrian vibes in doing so (because there’s plenty of black and 90 degree angles in there as well…wink, wink.)

I loved stitching this so much, that I had to share it with you all. So now you too, can stitch this fun little biscornu up. You can whip it out in as little as a weekend if you have some time to sit with a new little project such as this.

Make one as a gift for a photographer friend, stick a paper clip in there, and they can use it as a business card holder for their desk! Biscornus can have many purposes besides holding pins for needle workers and sewing enthusiasts! Get creative! Throw some rocks inside for a paper weight!

You can really do so many things with cross stitch these days, it’s not really limited to wall samplers anymore. I just love seeing how the creativity in our industry has taken off with fresh young minds and a new spin on it! So go have fun, and as always, Happy Stitching! (And don’t forget to “Say Cheese”!)

Purchase the PDF Instant Downloadable Pattern HERE.

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Holiday Patterns, Motif Patterns, Purchase Patterns, Quaker Style Samplers, Sampler Patterns

Welcome to the Lucky month of March!

I have a brand new mini Sampler Pattern for you, in the theme of what March is known to celebrate… The luck of the Irish! This Sampler is called “Lucky Leaf” and the PDF pattern is now available for instant download in the Etsy shop.

We are so accustomed to seeing shamrock green in many designs pertaining to St. Patty’s day, but I really wanted to honor the muted tones of most samplers with a vintage feel, so I designed this pattern with that feeling close at heart. If you’re looking for a smaller sampler to whip out in the month of March, look no further… “Lucky Leaf” is here for you! It would also make a wonderful gift for that special person in your life who just so happens to be Irish.

Purchase the PDF Instant Downloadable Pattern HERE.

Animals, Easter Patterns, Motif Patterns, Purchase Patterns, Sampler Patterns, Sheep Patterns, The Flock Mystery SAL

The Flock Mystery SAL Part 3 is here!

It’s March! Say whaaaaat?! Spring is just that much closer, so hang on a little longer, my stitchy friends!

Today marks the release date of Part 3 in the mystery Sampler SAL chess board, “The Flock”.

Each new tile features a myriad of different ideas, some incorporating beautiful floral patterns with Quaker style elements, while others might be more whimsical, and still others will be geometric in theme that offer the stitcher the creative freedom to play with color. The repeating sheep tile (pattern provided with the border in Part 1) maintains the “sheep” theme of our chess board and marries the playing board in with the border.

Enjoy your creative color choices, and be sure to share your progress on the Facebook group and Instagram! Don’t forget to tag us at #littleisolastitchworks! As always, happy stitching friends!

“The Flock”

Download the PDF Pattern for Part 3 HERE

Animals, Colorful Patterns, Easter Patterns, FREE Patterns

“Spring Chicks”

Okay, so I realize it’s only February, but with the slightly warmer weather here on our island, and a kiss of sunshine… I can’t help but look forward!

For those suffering the dreadful impact of the ice storm across the Southwestern parts of the US, and those who know very well the Northern hemisphere’s tendency to milk the most out of its long cold winters… I’m sending some premature rays of sunshine and happiness your way!

So light your candles, your fireplaces, and fire up those generators… Pull up one (or three) warm blankets and enjoy this brand new little freebie pattern on me.

Remember the law of attraction! The things you stitch shall come true very soon! (wink, wink) Warmer weather, bright sunshine, grassy greens, and of course… little Spring Chicks!

Boscornu Patterns, Colorful Patterns, Purchase Patterns, Uncategorized

“Friendly Funghi” Biscornu Pattern

For the love of little red mushrooms! Introducing a brand new little biscornu pattern that is just as fun to stitch as it cute!

Cuteness overload… I couldn’t wait to stitch it myself, and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

You can stitch it now too, as it’s available on the Etsy shop. Something bright and colorful that you can begin working on this very weekend!

Purchase the PDF Instant Download Pattern HERE

Animals, Purchase Patterns, Sampler Patterns, Sheep Patterns, The Flock Mystery SAL

The Flock Mystery SAL Part 2

The first tile (Part 2) of the 2021 Mystery SAL “The Flock” by Little Isola Stitchworks has been officially released and is now available for instant PDF download in the Etsy store


Purchase PDF Pattern HERE
The pattern is designed in black and white, but get creative with your color choices! Also feel free to mix and match the tiles to your liking. Each subsequent tile pattern will be released on a biweekly basis until the end of 2021. If you haven’t already, be sure to download the Part 1 release that includes the border as well as the repeating sheep tile. Happy stitching my baaaaaa-tiful stitchy friends!

Animals, Motif Patterns, Purchase Patterns, Sampler Patterns, Sheep Patterns, The Flock Mystery SAL

NEW Sheep Themed Chess Board Mystery SAL for 2021!

Greetings stitchy friends! I am pleased to announce the kick-off of a brand new Mystery SAL from Little Isola Stitchworks following our favorite theme…SHEEP! I am calling this one, “The Flock” for obvious reasons (Just look at that border!) This is going to be a fun SAL as it will follow the true-to-life sized outline of an actual Chess board!

Each new mystery installment will be released on a biweekly basis for the duration of 2021! The first official release is available TODAY in the Etsy shop! It includes both the border outline of the chess board, and the first tile (a repeating sheep pattern tile). The PDF available for instant download also includes the calendar schedule of tile releases for all of 2021, as well as a blueprint map placement chart. Of course, you can feel free to mix and match at your whim, but the placement of tiles from a design perspective was carefully thought out and planned to allow for an overall sense of balance.

The repeating sheep tiles can be stitched all upright if you plan to frame and hang your piece as a collectable sampler item, or stitch the first two rows upright, and the last two rows upside down so that you can actually use your chess board in game play! This will ensure your opponent has a pleasurable view of the chess board from his/her angle as well!

Dimensions: The full complete pattern measures 316 x 316 stitches and each tile size is 33 x 33 stitches without the inside border outlines.

The first installment (border and repeating sheep tile) is available for instant download from the Etsy shop at $5, and each subsequent tile release will be available for $2 each. I’m working on finding someone who can make custom sheep-themed chess pieces to complete the set! If you know of someone who can/will…please send them my way!

As always, be sure to post your progress reports and images to our wonderful Facebook community, and if you post to your Instagram page…don’t forget to tag us at #LittleIsolaStitchworks and #TheFlockMysterySamplerSAL

So what are you waiting for? Join in the fun, and come get your download ASAP!

“The Flock”

Purchase Part 1 (February 1, 2021) HERE

All information about release dates and when they will become available on Etsy, as well as the direct links for each tile pattern release will always be available for you…

HERE on the Mystery SALs Information Page